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Medallion acquires ‘Singing Out’ doc

“Singing Out,” the groundbreaking film documenting the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus tour of Eastern Europe, will be distributed worldwide by Medallion Entertainment.

The film is produced by Medallion prexy Mitch Blum.

It is tentatively scheduled for a June release in New York on the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which were a major catalyst for the gay pride movement. Also in June, the L.A. Gay Men’s Chorus will join forces with the Gay Men’s Chorus of New York to perform live at Carnegie Hall. The choruses perform both classical and pop music.

Directed and narrated by award-winning broadcast journalist Miriam Bjerre, “Singing Out” focuses on individual chorus members who urge European men and women to come out of the closet, while the chorus members themselves (some of them HIV-positive) confront their own misconceptions about what it means to be gay in general and gay behind the Iron Curtain.

“The film gives an insight into how gays and lesbians were freed from communism but not necessarily freed from homophobia,” said Medallion’s Blum.

Medallion’s other projects in post-production include Jamaa Fanaka’s gangster flick “Street Wars.” Fanaka is known for the “Penitentiary” movies that star Leon Isaac Kennedy. In association with Avondale Pictures, Medallion is also slated to produce “Love Most Deadly,” an erotic thriller scheduled to begin production in late spring.

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